40 Professional Icon Sets For Free Download

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When it comes to icons, web designers and graphic artists have an excellent opportunity to showcase their craft, prove their experience and explore their creativity. A sweet, nice icon set is a perfect showcase of designer’s work and a powerful instrument to build up your reputation online. In fact, designers make use of it, creating absolutely amazing icon sets and offering them for free download.

However, designing a high-quality icon set isn’t an easy task. It takes time, patience and resources and it requires professional skills and experience. We are regularly looking for talented artists and creative designers and we are happy to support them as much as possible — e.g. by showcasing their work in our magazine. If you are going to create an icon set and experience any problems releasing it or spreading the word — let us know1, we may figure something out.

In the overview below we present 40 excellent, free and professional icons for desktop and web design. Some of them can be used for both private and commercial projects. You may always use them for fre in your private projects. Nevertheless, it is always worth to take a look at the license agreements — they can change from time to time.

You can also scan through the icons-related articles we’ve published before:

This time you’ll find quite many tasty snacks. Literally.

Free Icons For Your Web Designs

Office Space Icon Set6
This set contains a coffee icon, chair icon, employee icon, coffee machine icon, computer display icon and information kiosk icon. Each icon is available in size 16×16px, 32×32px, 48×48px and 256×256px. Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 3.0 Unported License. This means that if you use the icons on your web site, please place a link to www.visualpharm.com on the same pages the icons are used.

Freebies Icons - Office Space Icon Set7

Light Icons Set8
A set of 22 light, clean and stylish icons created by Krzystof Kolatorski from Poland.

Freebies Icons - Light Icons by ~sone-pl9

Transport Icon Set10
This set of ready-made icons represents 35 objects of various modern transport facilities such as Cars, Airplanes, Helicopters, Trucks, Public conveyances, Squad car, Fire-engine, Ambulance, Taxi, Ships, etc. Free for personal use. .png, .ico. 16×16, 24×24, 32×32, 48×48, 64×64, 128×128, 256×256.

Freebies Icons - Vista Style Transport Icon Set. Icons-Land (Vista Icons, Stock Icons, Custom Icon Design Service)11

Freebies Icons - Vista Style Transport Icon Set. Icons-Land (Vista Icons, Stock Icons, Custom Icon Design Service)12

Old School Icon Pack13
Old School Icon Pack contains 82 high quality (256×256 pixels) icons; PNG and ICO formats. This package includes: Extra Icons, File Icons, Folder Icons, Hardware Icons, Software Icons etc. Free for personal use only.

Freebies Icons - VistaIcons.com - Download Old School Icon Pack : Free Vista Style Icons, Free Icon Sets and Windows Vista Desktop Icons14

The Simpsons Icons15
11 Simpsons icons for Mac OS X and Windows. Designed by Anton Gerasimenko and Egor Zhgun from Russia. The link for the windows-version seems to be broken. Size: 128×128px.

Freebies Icons - 128x128: The Simpsons Icons16

Freebies Icons - 128x128: The Simpsons Icons17

Rss icons campaign18
A large set of creative RSS icons designed by Design Freak.

Freebies Icons - NewsFire by ~barrymieny19

Freebies Icons - NewsFire by ~barrymieny20

Freebies Icons - NewsFire by ~barrymieny21

Freebies Icons - NewsFire by ~barrymieny22

Ice Cream Icons23
A set of 15 sweet, shiny and tasty ice and cake icons. Size: 128×128, formats: .ico and .png. Designed by dim.po.

Freebies Icons - 128x128 Icons Set 4 by ~dimpoart24

Ruby on Rails icon pack25
Contains 3 color variations of the Ruby on Rails folder icon in 5 different sizes. Also includes a squared version of Rails logo in 5 different sizes.

Freebies Icons - Ruby on Rails icon pack by ~azizash26

Set of Stylized Icons27
Designed by Lucas (aka pho3nix-bf) from Poland. The YouTube, Wikipedia and Facebook icon may be used in online-projects.

Freebies Icons - Set of Stylized Icons by ~pho3nix-bf28

Sticker Pack29
A pack of stick-on icons whicih contains 41 individual sticky icons with large resources for Vista & Leopard. Designed by David Lanham. iContainer, Mac, Win.

Freebies Icons - Iconfactory : Freeware : Sticker Pack 230

Freebies Icons - Iconfactory : Freeware : Sticker Pack 131

128×128: Toast It!32
A toaster icon, 128×128px.

Freebies Icons - 128x128: Toast It!33

Icon Goodies34
7 free icon goodies created by created by Chris Ivarson. Mac only. For instace, the Blogs icon pack includes Blogger icon, Livejournal icon, WordPress icon and Xanga icon. Free to use.

Freebies Icons - Goodies | csi.nfshost.com35

Freebies Icons - Goodies | csi.nfshost.com36

Smashing RSS/Feed Icons37
A free Smashing RSS/Feed icon set. The set contains 8 icons which you can use for private and commercial projects, blogs and web-sites for free. The icons are available for both Mac and Win-users in resolutions 16×16px, 24×24px, 32×32px, 48×48px, 128×128px, 256×256px and 512×512px.

Freebies Icons - Fresh, Free and Gorgeous RSS/Feed Icons | Graphics | Smashing Magazine38

Bright! icon set39
Bright! is a crisp, sharp and beautiful set of 148 hand-crafted icons in vector format, ideally for both web and print work. You can use Bright! for personal and commercial projects at free of charge. Comments and backlinks are appreciated.

Freebies Icons - Bright! - a free icon set40

Freaky Crema41
Cake and ice cream icons designed by dim.po42 from Russia. Crema Badges are also available for free download.

Freebies Icons - Freaky Crema by ~dimpoart43
 

Freebies Icons - Freaky Crema by ~dimpoart44

Build Your Own Box Kit45
“Build Your Own Box” kit allows you to take a layered, Photoshop PSD file and add your own items inside. Logos, icons, anything. Some free icons are included in the PSD file as well. A How-To-Video (Quicktime) explains how you can create your icons using the .psd-file.

Freebies Icons - Icon Lab - Build Your Own Box46

Nicely Stuffed47
Six Colors + Leopard Ready. Designed by Max Gilchuk from Canada.

Freebies Icons - Nicely Stuffed by =mgilchuk48

Antares Icon Pack49
Antares Complete Pack contains 100 high quality (256×256 pixels) icons; PNG and ICO formats. This package includes: Blue Ray Disk icon, CD Drive icon, iMac OSX icon, iMac icon, Finder icon, Mail icon, Safari icon, iTunes icon, Trash icon, Dashboard icon etc. File Types: .ico, .png. Icon Sizes: 256×256, 128×128, 16×16, 32×32, 48×48.

Freebies Icons - VistaIcons.com - Download Antares Complete Pack : 100 Free Vista Style icons50

Laurent Baumann | Icons51
The Film Roll icon set contains 1 icon in sizes 16×16px, 32×32px, 48×48px, 128×128px, 256×256px and 512×512px. Formats: icns and .png. These icons are released under Creative Commons License. Designed by Laurent Baumann.

Freebies Icons - laurent baumann | icons52

Freebies Icons - laurent baumann | icons53

Freebies Icons - laurent baumann | icons54

Pool Icons55
Do you have snow in winter? We do. A lot of snow. But now spring has finally come and we can’t ignore it. We’ve been waiting for so long! So here is a free icon set about what we see in the streets in spring. You can download Win and Mac icons as well as PNG files.

Freebies Icons - Iconka.com: Free stuff56

Coffee Break Icon Set
10 freeware icons inspired by some delicious coffee foods. Content: Apple, Breads, Cheese, Coffee cups, Coffee pot, Cookies, Toast. Designed by Dirceu Veiga.

Freebies Icons - COFFEE BREAK - icons inspired in some delicious coffee foods. | Fast Icon - Free stock icons.

OSE PNGs57
Free for personal use, but can be modified and released afterwards. This set also includes PSDs.

Freebies Icons - OSE PNGs by =gakuseisean58

Email Me Icon Set59
11 icons, 128×128px, created for the Mozdev.org projects. Free for personal use only. Designed by Mario Martínez from Mayosoft.

Freebies Icons - email me by ~Mayosoft60

I’m not a Patriot61
Flags of 32 countries + 2 communities, resulting in 34 png-images of file size 256×256px.

Freebies Icons - I'm not a Patriot by ~Mayosoft62

Social Web Buttons63
Two “social” sets, each consisting of 20 images in .png-format. Released under Creative Commons license. The sets include buttons for Delicious, Digg, Facebook, Flickr, LastFM, Pownce and Slideshare.

Freebies Icons - Social Web Buttons - Set 1 - WebFruits Blog // web design, grafica, internet, blog...64

Freebies Icons - Social Web Buttons - Set 2 - WebFruits Blog // web design, grafica, internet, blog...65

Windows Outlook66
1 png (256px). For private and noncommercial use only. By Vande Mataram.

Freebies Icons - Windows Outlook --akkasone by ~Vande-Mataram67

Mobile Device Icons68
60 mobile device icons in 128×128 and 60 mobile device icons in 256×256. In .PNG format for whatever you use them for. If you’re looking for blackberry icons, check here69. Courtesy of ~pierocksmysocks from US.

Freebies Icons - Mobile Device Icons by ~pierocksmysocks70

Choose your sport Icons71
8 original icons about sport areas. Available for both Windows and Mac OS X. Size: 256×256px and 512×512px.

Freebies Icons - tpdkdesign.net -+ Choose your sport !72

Sketchy Paper Icon Set73
Icons are created with simple, sketchy lines on a unique background – a paper note. So, get creative when using the set, hope it brings a new, unique light on your projects. The set contains 20 high quality, free icons in these sizes: 16x16px, 32x32px, 48x48px, 64x64px and 128x128px and 32-bit transparency PNG file format. 20 icons in .ico, .png and .icns format. You can also purchase these icons — then you may use them without being obligated to put a back link.

Freebies Icons - DryIcons | Free Icons | Sketchy Paper Icon Set74

Mini Icon Sets

Vaga75
This set of 60, semi-transparent .png icons (16 x 16) ready to use and available for free download. Released by Ed Merritt.

Freebies Icons - Vaga | Ten by Twenty76

Monofactor Icon Set77
This icon set, created by Onur Oztaskiran, contains 25 scalable Illustrator format icons. You can open the .ai file with any version of Illustrator above 8.0. With earlier versions, you might loose some of the effects on the icons. You are completely free to edit, change and/or directly use the icons in your site and in any kind of your projects.

Freebies Icons - Monofactor.com - Design Graphics Blog - Onur Oztaskiran -+ Blog Archive -+ Free Vector Icon Set 1 - Containing 25 Icons78

Web Development Icons79
24×24 free icon set in web 2.0 style. These icons are free to use in any kind of project unlimited times. Released under Creative Commons license. Windows only.

Freebies Icons - Free web development icons #4 - Download Royalty Free Icons and Stock Images For Web & Graphics Design80

Circular Icons81
Circular is a free icon set containing 100+ free to use icons. It’s a themed collection of 100+ 16×16 icons designed by Ben Gillbanks. The icons are available as a zip download of alpha transparent png’s (link over there on the right), and cost a grand total of nothing!

Screenshot82

Footnotes

  1. 1 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/about/
  2. 2 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/03/06/35-really-incredible-free-icon-sets/
  3. 3 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2007/11/29/icons-for-your-desktop-and-icons-for-your-web-designs/
  4. 4 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2007/08/25/20-free-and-fresh-icon-sets/
  5. 5 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2007/05/24/freebies-round-up-icons-buttons-and-templates/
  6. 6 http://www.visualpharm.com/office_space.html
  7. 7 http://www.visualpharm.com/office_space.html
  8. 8 http://sone-pl.deviantart.com/art/Light-Icons-74036005
  9. 9 http://sone-pl.deviantart.com/art/Light-Icons-74036005
  10. 10 http://www.icons-land.com/vista-icons-transport-icon-set.php
  11. 11 http://www.icons-land.com/vista-icons-transport-icon-set.php
  12. 12 http://www.icons-land.com/vista-icons-transport-icon-set.php
  13. 13 http://www.vistaicons.com/icon/i148s0/old_school_icons.htm
  14. 14 http://www.vistaicons.com/icon/i148s0/old_school_icons.htm
  15. 15 http://128x128.livejournal.com/9632.html
  16. 16 http://128x128.livejournal.com/9632.html
  17. 17 http://128x128.livejournal.com/9632.html
  18. 18 http://www.design-freak.com/2008/05/06/rss-icons-campaign/
  19. 19 http://www.design-freak.com/2008/05/06/rss-icons-campaign/
  20. 20 http://www.design-freak.com/2008/05/06/rss-icons-campaign/
  21. 21 http://www.design-freak.com/2008/05/06/rss-icons-campaign/
  22. 22 http://www.design-freak.com/2008/05/06/rss-icons-campaign/
  23. 23 http://dimpoart.deviantart.com/art/128x128-Icons-Set-4-51330659
  24. 24 http://dimpoart.deviantart.com/art/128x128-Icons-Set-4-51330659
  25. 25 http://azizash.deviantart.com/art/Ruby-on-Rails-icon-pack-81755219
  26. 26 http://azizash.deviantart.com/art/Ruby-on-Rails-icon-pack-81755219
  27. 27 http://pho3nix-bf.deviantart.com/art/Set-of-Stylized-Icons-75869980
  28. 28 http://pho3nix-bf.deviantart.com/art/Set-of-Stylized-Icons-75869980
  29. 29 http://iconfactory.com/freeware/preview/stkr2
  30. 30 http://iconfactory.com/freeware/preview/stkr2
  31. 31 http://iconfactory.com/freeware/preview/stkr1
  32. 32 http://128x128.livejournal.com/7175.html
  33. 33 http://128x128.livejournal.com/7175.html
  34. 34 http://csi.nfshost.com/blog/?q=goodies
  35. 35 http://csi.nfshost.com/blog/?q=goodies
  36. 36 http://csi.nfshost.com/blog/?q=goodies
  37. 37 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/04/01/fresh-free-and-gorgeous-rssfeed-icons/
  38. 38 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/04/01/fresh-free-and-gorgeous-rssfeed-icons/
  39. 39 http://min.frexy.com/article/bright_a_free_icon_set/
  40. 40 http://min.frexy.com/article/bright_a_free_icon_set/
  41. 41 http://gif-o.livejournal.com/45230.html#cutid1
  42. 42 http://fc04.deviantart.com/fs14/f/2007/077/4/4/Freaky_Crema_by_dimpoart.jpg
  43. 43 http://gif-o.livejournal.com/45230.html#cutid1
  44. 44 http://gif-o.livejournal.com/45230.html#cutid1
  45. 45 http://theiconlab.com/allicons/boxit/index.html
  46. 46 http://theiconlab.com/allicons/boxit/index.html
  47. 47 http://mgilchuk.deviantart.com/art/Nicely-Stuffed-77556268
  48. 48 http://mgilchuk.deviantart.com/art/Nicely-Stuffed-77556268
  49. 49 http://www.vistaicons.com/icon/i142s0/antares_icon_pack.htm
  50. 50 http://www.vistaicons.com/icon/i142s0/antares_icon_pack.htm
  51. 51 http://lbaumann.com/icons.html
  52. 52 http://lbaumann.com/icons.html
  53. 53 http://lbaumann.com/icons.html
  54. 54 http://lbaumann.com/icons.html
  55. 55 http://www.iconka.com/free.html
  56. 56 http://www.iconka.com/free.html
  57. 57 http://gakuseisean.deviantart.com/art/OSE-PNGs-53752770
  58. 58 http://gakuseisean.deviantart.com/art/OSE-PNGs-53752770
  59. 59 http://mayosoft.deviantart.com/art/email-me-30688479
  60. 60 http://mayosoft.deviantart.com/art/email-me-30688479
  61. 61 http://mayosoft.deviantart.com/art/I-m-not-a-Patriot-16925129
  62. 62 http://mayosoft.deviantart.com/art/I-m-not-a-Patriot-16925129
  63. 63 http://www.webfruits.it/dblog/articolo.asp?articolo=62
  64. 64 http://www.webfruits.it/dblog/articolo.asp?articolo=62
  65. 65 http://www.webfruits.it/dblog/articolo.asp?articolo=63
  66. 66 http://vande-mataram.deviantart.com/art/Windows-Outlook-akkasone-82408022
  67. 67 http://vande-mataram.deviantart.com/art/Windows-Outlook-akkasone-82408022
  68. 68 http://pierocksmysocks.deviantart.com/art/Mobile-Device-Icons-66358891
  69. 69 http://pierocksmysocks.deviantart.com/art/BlackBerry-Dock-Icons-64236530
  70. 70 http://pierocksmysocks.deviantart.com/art/Mobile-Device-Icons-66358891
  71. 71 http://blog.tpdkdesign.net/2006/05/01/choose-your-sport/
  72. 72 http://blog.tpdkdesign.net/2006/05/01/choose-your-sport/
  73. 73 http://dryicons.com/free-icons/preview/sketchy-paper-icons/
  74. 74 http://dryicons.com/free-icons/preview/sketchy-paper-icons/
  75. 75 http://www.tenbytwenty.com/products/icon-sets/vaga
  76. 76 http://www.tenbytwenty.com/products/icon-sets/vaga
  77. 77 http://www.monofactor.com/goodies/free-vector-icon-set-1/
  78. 78 http://www.monofactor.com/goodies/free-vector-icon-set-1/
  79. 79 http://www.freeiconsdownload.com/Free_Downloads.asp?id=265
  80. 80 http://www.freeiconsdownload.com/Free_Downloads.asp?id=265
  81. 81 http://prothemedesign.com/free-webdesign-tools/circular-icons/
  82. 82 http://prothemedesign.com/free-webdesign-tools/circular-icons/

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  1. 1

    Don’t forget fam fam fam icons, they are the holy grail of free icons

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    Yummy… so many delicious snacks icons!

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    David Dashifen Kees

    May 21, 2008 5:55 pm

    @Cameron Singe

    I, too, was surprised not to see the famfamfam.com icons in the list!

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    Richard Shields

    May 21, 2008 4:26 pm

    Nice collection!

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    Phenomenal! Great collections as always!!

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    Awesome! =)
    You guys rule!

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  7. 7

    I was just looking through the previous Icon lists today and this one really adds some great ones to the ever growing list! Thanks as always!

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  8. 8

    Fantastic collection set…

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  9. 9

    Fam Fam – the greatest free icons available

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  10. 10

    that’s so cool … thanks

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  11. 11

    Wow, really nice collection, Thank you!

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  12. 12

    Good…..

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  13. 13

    Cool list of icons – free, sweet, delicious !

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    Joefrey Mahusay

    May 21, 2008 6:33 pm

    Great List of Icons!

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  15. 15

    awesome!

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  16. 16

    I am loving it…

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    www.wiltech-center.com

    May 21, 2008 9:52 pm

    Good collections, thanks.

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  19. 19

    So good!
    I Love it

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  20. 20

    I really like the look of Splashy Icons. Pretty nice, wish you had included them!

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    Sandie Sørensen

    May 21, 2008 10:17 pm

    Nice collection!

    Especially the sketchy paper icon set. :)

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  22. 22

    U ppl always makes me Happy :) GR* collection as usual

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  23. 23

    Your cream icons are double,

    for the rest, nice list.

    And arent the phoenix (deviantart) icons.. not download able

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  24. 24

    great icons! thanks!

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  25. 25

    I cannot download the Stylized Icon Set – Designed by Lucas (aka pho3nix-bf) from Poland. The YouTube, Wikipedia and Facebook icon may be used in online-projects. It just redirects to a page where a wallpaper of all the icons is visible… How do I get the icons?

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  26. 26

    Great collection. Maybe I´m using some of these icons for one of my projects.

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  27. 27

    Amazing. I already have some of these sets, the entire collection is wonderful.
    Thanks for your work.

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  28. 28

    Stunning collection.. You guys come up trumps once again..

    Thanks…. :-)

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  29. 29

    nice roundup, thanks :)

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    Stuart Maynard-Keene

    May 22, 2008 1:37 am

    Yeh, why no FamFamFam?

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  31. 31

    Amazing collection, thanks

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    Beautiful …

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    nothing new

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  34. 34

    fam fam fam has already featured in their recent posts

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  35. 35

    no need to show famfamfam, already shown in other articles…

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  36. 36

    Great icons collections. I love it!

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  37. 37

    thank you guys!! Really nice set…..

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  38. 38

    Very nice

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  39. 39

    Thank you so much…

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  40. 40

    There’s some really amazing work here. Icons are becoming more and more detailed, and so, labour intensive to create.
    A few of these really make me hungry too.

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  41. 41

    very nice collection!

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  42. 42

    Hey, great list, I’m sure I’ll use some of those for my future projects :)

    Thank You

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  43. 43

    amazing!
    congrats to all the designers.

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  44. 44

    Very nice collection and impressive illustrations—unfortunately most of them don’t really qualify as icons per se (in a traditional sense at least).
    Doesn’t hurt the impression, though.
    Keep up the good work!
    —trice22

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  45. 45

    Great work and nice list guys! Thank you.

    If someone could, please, provide resources (tutorials, books, articles, etc.) where one could learn “icon design,” I would greatly appreciate your thoughts and feedback.

    Thanks in advance.

    EL

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  46. 46

    Quit spamming famfamfam, its obvious the same person keeps doing it…

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    Amazing collection. Thx.

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  48. 48

    Nice collection……

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  49. 49

    Best icon set to date!

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  50. 50

    Thank you for sharing these great icons!
    ______________
    Kesepian.

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